How Does Mythology Influence Greek Mythology

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The bald eagle, Nike, the structure of government buildings and libraries, what do these things have in common you ask? The answer is quite simply that they were all influenced from something in Greek Mythology. Greek mythology and Greek culture in general have had a major impact on American culture. “You can’t walk to any U.S city without seeing something that has been influenced by the Greeks,” says Chiron, a character from one of Rick Riordan’s, popular writer of the Percy Jackson books and former middle school mythology teacher, books. There have also been plays from Greek times that have been modernized so then we can relate more to the story, such as Fiona Macintosh’s Agamemnon which is based off the story of Jason and the Argonauts. …show more content…
Jenny Stringer, literary researcher and author of The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English, has comprised data based off the history of literature in her book The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English and has stated various forms of evolution of literature from the Greco-Roman times to modern day literature. In her book, it goes over how the Greeks were the first to create complex literature and how we’ve been influenced by their form of writing ever since. One influence they had, as Springer put it, “In other words, why do we write history, or philosophy, or comedy, or poetry? These styles were first developed by the Greeks.”(Oxford companion, pg. 145) Notifying us on certain styles that most writers focus on when writing a book, play, or poem. The teachings of the Greeks are even apparent nowadays in English classes. It’s true that not every high school teacher teaches Greek mythology in their English class but for some schools it’s mandatory for them to teach their students. Wabasso High School is one such school that has an English program that has a section dedicated to teaching Greek Mythology. In an interview with an English teacher from Wabasso, Chad Olson, English high school teacher at Wabasso Public School, stated, “I find it important that the future generation learns about where the origin to literature began. Plus, I find the stories help the students get into the subject more.” (Chad Olson 11/19/16) In a recent survey I did, I asked 10 students if they were taught about Greek mythology in their high school English class. Four said no and the remaining six said yes, this shows that there are a bit more schools that will teach their students about Greek mythology. “Many words originate from Greek mythology that are used commonly today such as Morphine, volcanoes, and herculean.” (Springer,

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